How to Get Involved With the City
There are many opportunities for the public to get involved with the City of Toronto throughout the year, every year. The City actively encourages participation by its residents in order to make our city a better place for all to live, work, learn and play.
The primary way citizens can help shape their city is to vote for mayor, councillors and school board trustees. Learn how to change the City of Toronto by voting and how to help out during the next election.
Public Consultation Listings
The City of Toronto hosts a variety of public consultations each year on a diverse range of local and city-wide subjects. This information is regularly updated to reflect the City’s current public consultations.
Councillors and the mayor are accessible to the public and want to hear from citizens. You can contact your councillor to: share your opinion; find out what is going on in your community; get help accessing City services; join their mailing list; and invite them to a community event or meeting. If you’re not sure who your councillor is click the above link and type in your address under “Search by Address or Place.”
Submit Comments or Speak Before City Council
If you want to make your views known about a matter being considered by a committee of Council you can do so in two ways: 1) submit comments in writing by mail, fax or email or 2) request to speak before a committee of City Council to share your comments with committee members directly.
Sign a Petition
Petitions can be submitted to the City Clerk or a member of City Council about an item on the agenda of a committee meeting or City Council meeting. The petition, including all the names of those who have signed it become part of the public record. Scroll to page 27-20 of the procedure by-law for details on submitting a petition.
Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 27, Council Procedures
Toronto residents are needed to serve on a range of City boards, committees, and tribunals. Members of the public are encouraged to apply for these exciting opportunities. Bring your skills and qualifications to the table. Find out more about these opportunities and apply online.
The City has several public advisory groups that provide advice from local communities about the operation of City facilities or the implementation of projects.
Participate in a Local Poll
The City conducts polls to gather opinions about a possible change in your community. Households or businesses may receive information by mail from the City about a local poll and how to participate.
Participatory Budgeting Pilot Project
The City of Toronto is hosting a multi-year Participatory Budgeting (PB) pilot in three areas of Toronto: Ward 33, and the two neighbourhoods of Oakridge (Ward 35) and Rustic (Ward 12). The pilot will help City Council decide what PB in Toronto might look like in the future.
Infrastructure is the facilities like roads, sewers and watermains that provide the foundation on which the City is built. Infrastructure is always being improved, replaced and expanded to keep up with the needs of Torontonians.